Arts + Crafts, Guest Bloggers

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

January 7, 2011

I have some exciting news that I must share before the weekend begins. I hired a second columnist to write on decor8, so in addition to the lovely Leslie Shewring and her wildly popular Color Me Pretty column I now have the talented Anna-Malin Lindgren from Helt Enkelt, a Swedish blogger, photographer, illustrator, craft lover, wife, mother and DIY-queen joining us. I can’t wait to work with her, I’m so happy she has accepted!

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

I met Anna-Malin last year (I wrote about it here) and saw her beautiful home and was so impressed that I knew that somehow I would think of a way that we could work together — so of course, parts of her home is in my upcoming book but beginning next week, you can expect Anna-Malin to visit us once a month for the entire year with a DIY project that she will produce especially for decor8 readers that she’ll share in English. I agreed to let her show it on her own blog in Swedish a week later, but we have first dibs and she is creating them with the decor8 reader in mind so we can count on her to share projects that we’ll all love.

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

In this post you can see some photos from Anna-Malin’s beautiful blog to give you a glimpse of her fresh, Scandinavian style — and to whet your appetite for the projects that she’ll be sharing with us! And stay tuned, because next week her column will debut and she will demonstrate how we can make a very cool pendant lamp on a budget.

My goal is to have 4 columnists on decor8 so I’m looking for 2 more to join me so that I can have Mondays each week devoted entirely to our visiting columnist of the week. I’ll let you know how my search goes!

Thank you Anna-Malin for accepting my offer to work with me on decor8, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

(images: anna-malin lindgren)


  • Reply sandra lund January 7, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Looking very much forward to this! This is a great development of your blog :-) Not that I think it needs it, but everything can be better right?

  • Reply Kat January 7, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    This is so exciting. Anna’s style looks fabulous.
    I shall visit her blog to see more.
    Kat x

  • Reply brittni: papernstitch January 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Looking forward to Anna’s diy post. How exciting.

  • Reply JoAnn @ January 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    wow, what a wonderful addition to decor8! congratulations! i cannot wait to see what is in store…


  • Reply lesley January 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    wow, what beautiful photography, and a gorgeous home! i can’t wait to see more of it in your book. i absolutely love her style, and will check out her blog for sure. thanks!

  • Reply manvi @ mochatini January 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    congrats holly and anna-malin. abs stunning photography. happy weekend

  • Reply Will January 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Welcome to decor8, Anna-Malin – already excited to dive into your crafty, creative ideas. Just what the Decor Doctor ordered :)

  • Reply emma ::emmas designblogg:: January 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I just know this is going to be great! Annamalin is so creative and her blog is very inspiring, I can’t wait to see what she will come up with here!
    Thanks for initiating this Holly!

  • Reply Erin - The Smallest Sparrow January 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    How fun! Can’t wait to see Anna-Malin’s projects. Looks like she is super talented… just like everyone you feature on your blog.

  • Reply STYLIZIMO January 8, 2011 at 12:18 am

    “Helt Enkelt” is one of my favorite blogs, so this is really exciting! I look forward to her DIY projects here on Decor8. Good choice of columnist, Holly.
    Wish you a happy weekend.
    Hugs, Nina

  • Reply iHanna January 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Yay! How fun. Sweden is taking over the world, one room at a time… ;-)

  • Reply kalanicut January 8, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Wow. This is going to be great! I love the abundance that comes with your generosity and growth Holly. Can’t wait to see all the new things to come in 2011 and the new adventures with Anna-Malin and your other new additions.

  • Reply Jem January 8, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I look forward to seeing the new column! Sounds exciting!

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Katie Truelove January 8, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Exciting stuff- I look forward to Anna’s projects:)

  • Reply January 8, 2011 at 1:59 am

    The black and white is just stunning. I love adding the organic elements to take the edge off. And the chalkboard so softens it. I love using Crayola’s chalkboard paint on a closet or small wall and then have everyone at the birthday party leave a message.

  • Reply Sarah @ She Said Stupendous January 8, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Sounds wonderful! One of my resolutions for the year was to DIY more: we’ve already tackled making a headboard for our master bedroom (who am I kidding, it’s our only bedroom, since we live in a 1 bedroom apartment!), and I’m up for more projects!

  • Reply Glenda Childers January 8, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Welcome, Anna.

  • Reply Ana January 8, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Sounds delightful!

  • Reply Laura Gaskill January 8, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Oh, that is exciting news! Scandinavian style + diy projects? Yes please! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with – I am already drooling over the interior shots featured in this post, I LOVE that dining area :) xo Laura

  • Reply Cindy January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Yippy! I found her blog from some of her photos in your flickr group and I can’t get enough of her amazing photographs. Looking forward to the new column!

  • Reply lizzie [love your way] January 8, 2011 at 4:35 am

    can’t wait to see the new series! i love her blog…absolutely beautiful photos.

  • Reply Juliet January 8, 2011 at 4:46 am

    As soon as I saw a link to your book, I went to Amazon and put it on my Wish List. Congrats. Love the black and white here.

    • Reply decor8 January 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      @Juliet – THANK YOU!!!

  • Reply Kylie Loy January 8, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Can’t wait, I am sure it will be amazing. x

  • Reply suzie January 8, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Dear Holly,
    Happy New Year to you and your columnists!
    I admire your creativity and your endless seeming energy !
    Looking forward to another year with Decor8,
    All the Best

  • Reply Minnie January 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

    What wonderful news, Holly. I’ve been following her blog since you wrote about including her in your book and I just love her styling, photography and crafting/DIY ideas. Her projects are beautiful and inspiring. I’m thrilled to see she’ll be part of the team here at Decor8. I don’t really need a new reason to visit here everyday, but I do enjoy (and am learning from) how you keep things fresh and exciting on your blog. I can’t wait to see her first column.

  • Reply Studio Danale January 8, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Looking forward to read her column!
    I love her style.

  • Reply Stina January 8, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This is great! I love how our blog is always evolving and expanding in a way. :-)

  • Reply Judith of Felicity Crew January 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Very much looking forward to the new column!

  • Reply Kitty January 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Helt Enkelt is since a couple of months on mine bloglist! Good choice. Enjoy the cooperation of you two.
    Warm regards,

  • Reply Brunkullan med mosipperotter January 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I love her (and your) blog, and can´t wait to se the book you are working on!
    Anna-Malins home is a true inspiration to me, and I could take over her home and move in any day:)

    Look forward to se the projects!


  • Reply Karin A January 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Can’t wait until we get to read Anna-Malin’s first diy-post here on Decor8. I’ve been following Anna-Malin from the start (of her blog) and she has the best ideas and the most beautiful home. :) Sounds like a great idea with the guest writers. Happy weekend!

  • Reply juliette January 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Ok, well I am officially really excited about this new column! She certainly has a lovely sense of style and I’m looking forward to seeing what she pulls together! Congrats to both of you!

  • Reply Kitty January 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Your really lucky to have teamed up with “helt enkelt”! I’m a BIG fan of Anna Malins blog. Her home is a dream and her photos fantastic! Can’t wait to see what you can create toghether!

    Kitty :)

  • Reply Laura January 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous! Can’t wait! Another wonderful reason to visit your blog every day! Laura xxx

  • Reply Traveling Mama January 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I am thrilled to hear such good news! I have been following along with Anna-Malin ever since you introduced us and I just adore her work!

  • Reply Iris January 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    That is wonderful; I love Anna-Malin’s work!

  • Reply Janneke January 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Wow, that’s great! After visiting her blog, looking very much forward to her contributions on Decor8! cheers,

  • Reply alex January 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Can’t wait to see it.
    I am sure it will be amazing

  • Reply Rebecca January 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Wow that sounds great, I’m looking forward to her posts! :)

    Happy New Year by the way

  • Reply Heidi January 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Fantastic! I can’t wait to see her column!

  • Reply Frida January 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    LOVELY images! So beautiful!

  • Reply Samantha January 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    this is fab news, Anna-Malins’ blog is one of my favourite blogs, and I’m a huge fan! I particulary like her photos of her home. Can’t wait to see the projects.

  • Reply Beth January 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Looking forward to Anna-Malin’s DIY. I really enjoyed looking at her blog!! Thanks for sharing. :0)

  • Reply Vanessa Elizabeth @ Ruffled Rose January 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Those are all such beautiful thing! I love the first photo.

  • Reply Erika @ Practical Princess January 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Yay! Excited to see what she contributes!

  • Reply Julia January 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I love both Decor8 and Helt Enkelt, so I think this is going to be great! I’m curious who the other two columnists will be… :)

  • Reply MayaLee Photography January 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Love Anna-Malins style and ideas! I don’t know how she do it but it always turn out great!

  • Reply simone January 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    How fantastic! I can’t wait to see the projects she puts together– she has great style!

  • Reply holly January 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I go weeks without checking in here at decor8
    and I’m always sorry when that happens….
    Love it here and will look forward to your new
    additions. {I have a question- there is a white vessel on the wall
    that looks like a stag head/skull with twigs- maybe it’s pottery…
    are there words painted or embossed into the surface?}
    If so, I’m just curious as to what it says?

    I tell my kids all the time “there are no stupid questions” however, this might count as one :-) Xo, curious girl

  • Reply D'Homez January 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Great stuff!! Would love to use such handmade things to decorate my home.

  • Reply zanouchka January 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I already make a daily visit here. This collaborative work is a great addition. She knows how to create beauty as well. You have a strong and generous vision et c’est tout à votre honneur. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Sarah January 9, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Thanks for the introduction, I’m very much looking forward to Anna’s posts. I love these images and especially inspired by her use of natural materials such as twigs, which are utilized to great effect in these shots.

  • Reply Danielle January 9, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Totally looking forward to it!!! Don’t you just love when things work out!

  • Reply Michelle Donald January 9, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Holly, what an honour for you to have the creatively gifted Anna-Malin joining Decor8. I will look forward to each and every one of Anna’s columns.

  • Reply luvinthemommyhodo January 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Ok, this is exciting. Your fabulous blog + her diy posts = heaven! Eye candy for the soul and for the home! Cannot wait! I’m interested to see who else is going to be making our Mondays that much better. Who the heck wouldn’t want a Decor8 pick me up on Mondays???

  • Reply Melissah January 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I’m an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia – I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente January 9, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Oh wow….so fun! What a beautiful blog she has! And I love that there is a translation button….Just making decor8 even more wonderful for all of us!

  • Reply Jeanne January 9, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I love Leslie’s “color me pretty” and I already like Anna’s work.Big into black and white/black and colors this year!

  • Reply Ingrid Jansen January 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I love the ‘deer’ vase!

  • Reply Tracy Kunzler January 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Looking forward to the new columns! In the meantime, you’ve got me jones’n for a deer wall vase!! Have googled it and can’t fine one available anywhere. Any leads?

  • Reply FJM January 10, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Black & white is always beautiful – thanks for sharing..!



  • Reply Alexandra January 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Not sure if my last comment went through as I dont see it here- sorry if I’m posting twice. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and commented to let you know too you are one of the inspirations for my own new blog- thought you might love to read about my favorite store here in Portland! Its my own “private Anthropologie alternative!” Looking forward to the new columnist here too!

  • Reply Splendid Willow January 10, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Holly, thank you for including one of the most design creative people I know – Anna-Malin! She is a friend of mine and she is not only talented, she is also a wonderful person.

    I am now a subscriber. This I will have to follow! Well done. Holly!

    ox, Mon

  • Reply Trisha January 10, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Oh I’m SO excited!!! She is so talented. This should be fun for all of us. Thanks Holly for sharing such gifted folks with us….you have magical taste. Cheers deer, and hoping you are having a fab New Year! Welcome Anna!!!! ;o)

  • Reply Katie - Coco Målé January 10, 2011 at 10:34 am

    wow, some gorgeous pictures… I’m very into black flooring these days and I just love the hand-print cushion, pendant lights and of course the moroccan style lantern (I would, wouldn’t I??). Can’t wait to see Anna’s column next week!!! Good luck Anna!!

  • Reply ana January 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    that’s fantastic. can’t wait

  • Reply angie January 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    *love* the clean whites in Scandinavian design. I look forward to Anna-Malin Lindgren’s DIY posts. way to keep your blog fresh ! *a

  • Reply Tricia McKellar January 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    How exciting Holly! I love how you’re building your blog with a lot of care and thought :) I know she’ll be awesome :)

  • Reply Diana January 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Very exciting! I love her style and I”m sure she will have some amazing projects to try. Looking forward to it!

  • Reply Chloe from Love Making It January 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Looks great, what other types of bloggers are you looking for ;) ?

  • Reply Jillian January 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Welcome, Anna! I’m so excited for your column. We just bought a new home, and I’m planning for Scandinavian design to be my major decorating influence. I can’t wait to see more photos of your beautiful home and your handmade projects.

  • Reply Marie @ etincellestudio January 11, 2011 at 3:36 am

    These photos are so amazing! I posted a comment on Anna’s actual post, and then saw yours Holly… oh my! how can she find the time to do so many things and be a mother? I am truly inspired!!!

  • Reply monica of hola!design January 11, 2011 at 5:14 am

    so exciting!!! why swedes are so AWESOME? I
    ll have to go to Sweden to find out!!!

  • Reply Sarah January 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    How very exciting, love the photos looking forward to some amazing projects. January blues…what January blues some exciting new things to expect in 2011 :)

  • Reply Fresh Design Blog January 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I’m a bit behind on blog reading, but am excited to read that Anna-Malin will be joining Decor8 – congratulations!

  • Reply Piper January 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Her home is so lovely – can’t wait for her new columns!!! Congrats :)

  • Reply Maggie @ Home Decorators Outlet January 25, 2011 at 1:55 am

    Great photos… i love decorating and for sure i keep coming back here.

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